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ALSC offers student session on mentoring Aug. 14

CHICAGO — On Tuesday, at 5 p.m. CDT on Aug. 14, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) will offer a free online workshop for all students and early career professionals interested in children’s services. Emerging as a Leader: How ALSC Helped Us Become the Future is presented by three members of ALSC’s 2012 Emerging Leader project team. Debbie Zimmerman, Kim Castle-Alberts and Maria Pontillas were members of the 2012 ALA Emerging Leaders Team E that developed recommendations for an ALSC mentoring program.

Registration now open for PLA’s online train-the-technology-trainer course in September

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting registrations for the interactive online course “The Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer.” This four-week blended learning program begins Sept. 10 and is designed for library professionals who have unexpectedly found themselves responsible for technology training for users or staff at their library.

ALCTS offers exciting new guides and webinars for “Sudden Selectors”

CHICAGO — Library professionals suddenly tasked with selecting resources in new and unfamiliar subject areas have two new books and webinars to help them from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).

$20 or less: Craft on the cheap with YALSA’s August webinar

CHICAGO — Crafting programs are a mainstay of teen services at the library but the supply costs can add up! But there are some creative ways to extend the teen services budget — a little glue and a lot of innovation—and ensure that teens can have fun making a variety of projects at your library. To find out how, join host Beth Saxton for “Get Crafty for Less,” YALSA’s Aug. 16 webinar at 2 p.m. EDT. Registration is open at

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Learn to build programs for teens, by teens in new eCourse!

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library with Jennifer Velásquez.

Only a foundation of teen participation can build a vibrant scene such as the one in San Antonio’s main library, where teens use computers, listen to music, take cooking classes, do homework, participate in books clubs and generally hang out. 

PLA’s upcoming webinar challenges attendees to shake up traditional thinking in public library management

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CDT on August 8, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, Are Your Mental Models of a Library Holding You Back?to inspire library directors, managers and supervisors to shake off assumptions about their library and start thinking outside-the-box.

LITA offering two Web courses in August

CHICAGO — Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is making available two Web Courses: Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript: An Introduction to HTML5, presented by Jason Clark of Montana State University Library and Getting Started with GIS, presented by Eva Dodsworth, geospatial data services librarian at the University of Waterloo Map Library.

By popular demand, ALA Editions offering new session of Using Drupal to Build Library Websites eCourse

CHICAGO — By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of the facilitated eCourse Using Drupal to Build Library Websites. Sean Fitzpatrick will once again serve as the instructor for this six-week facilitated eCourse starting on Sept. 4, 2012.

New free webinar: Introducing the Book as iPad App

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource is offering a new free webinar, Introducing the Book as iPad App. At 2 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 23, its expert panel will provide an overview of the ALA Annual Conference from a technology perspective. Registration for this free event is available at

Free LLAMA webinar gives practical tips for entry-level interviews

CHICAGO — While there is a lot of information out there about how to write a good resume and cover letter, there is much less on how to do well in an interview, especially advice written since the recession started. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present a free webinar, “How to succeed in an entry-level librarian interview: Research and experience-based tips,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, July 25.


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